Opera announced today that its November 23 launch
of Opera version 10.10 has shattered previous download records
. Within one week, 12.5 million people downloaded the Web browser's latest build. This marks a 25% increase from the download rate of Opera 10, which the company released only two months earlier.
promised to "reinvent the Web" with a new featured dubbed "Unite
". Unite turns any computer into both a client and a server, supporting things like file transfers, media streaming and photo sharing without using third party products. The most recent version also brought "Opera Turbo", a server-side optimization and compression technology that improves browsing speeds by compressing network traffic.
"With such remarkable download numbers, I am confident that we truly appealed to the needs of the Web-using public," said Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. The company also said its browser currently has about 45 million active desktop users -- a drop in the bucket
-- and millions more on other devices. If you're among that handful of people, let's hear your impression of Opera 10.10
and why you prefer it to other, more popular solutions.